Thursday, November 23, 2017

Jewel Ornament

Those that really know me, know that I love jewels.  When I saw this jewel ornament, I thought it was a beauty and had to buy it.  I can't wait to get my tree so I can hang this right in front.
Different angles of the ornament.
The most precious jewels
you'll ever have
around your neck are the arms
of your children.

Jess, I was your age in this picture, and your brother was around two.  Since I'm getting over a bad cold, I thought a hot bowl of soup would hit the spot, so my son met me at one of my favorite restaurants for a bowl of tortilla soup.  I love soups when it's cold out, especially when feeling under the weather.
Two pies,
because one is just never enough. ; )
Baby roses for Francesca.

*ornament is from Pier 1 Imports.

Monday, November 20, 2017

A Wondrous Windy City

Since I was a little girl,
the city of Chicago loomed large in my mind.

The Sear's Tower was the world's tallest building when I was growing up. Between that and the promise of bright lights in a big city, what else could a small-town girl with an adventurous spirit ask for?

Well, I finally had a chance to visit America's "Windy City." It made my heart swell. Traveling Teddy's too. 

Read about Traveling Teddy's story here

Here's one of the city's oldest and most iconic skyscrapers, the Wrigley Building. 

And here's the view from the 96th floor of
the Hancock Center.

The lighting in the lobby was truly stunning. This sculpture with 3,115 lights mirrors the number of stars you can see with the naked eye.  

I was only in town for the weekend (and just for work), so I didn't get to do a lot of the things I wanted to do (like eat a huge slice of deep-dish pizza while strolling around Millennium Park before a visit to the American Writers' Museum...), but that's just an excuse to plan a second trip, right?

So you want to know my favorite part of the weekend...? Even though it was so freezing I was still refusing to unwrap my layers 20 minutes into dinner...

...I was absolutely enchanted waking up to snow!

Thanks for a great trip, Chicago!
I can't wait to come back!
~ Nel  

Friday, November 17, 2017

First Christmas Cookie And Ornament

Got my first snowman cookie
at Starbucks.  I love these!

It was a foggy morning,
and then it rained.
This tree was in the parking lot
of Old Navy.
It was striking with its orange leaves.
I started my Christmas shopping.
I may or may not have bought
something for Jess.  ; )
I bought my first ornament
for the season.
Charlie Brown reminds me of my
brother, John.
He loves the Christmas movie.
Have a very nice weekend.

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

The Women In My Family

Me and Nel were talking recently, and she said to me, "all the women in our family have had really difficult times in life."  The only words I could respond back to her were, "you're right."  The women in my family have had to overcome tragedies, hardships, and personal trials.  The 90 year old woman you see here is my aunt, the matriarch of the family, and she lost her daughter and two of her grandchildren in a tragic automobile accident many years ago.  My niece, Katie, lost her father and brother in the course of a year, yet she still manages to crack a joke, and makes her aunt laugh from time to time.  She has been a light in my world.  The women in my family are pioneers, who received this gift of perseverance from their own mothers.  The women in my family are amazing.....and I'm glad to be a part of them.
"She loved too much,
and you could see it in her eyes:
where she kept all
the hearts she put ahead of hers."
Each of these women have had their own personal life struggles, and we may be different in the way we deal and handle each bitter moment that is thrown our way, but the one way we are alike, and far greater than all the ways we are that we still smile.  : )
You saw the oldest woman in my family,
and this is the youngest.  ; )

Sunday, November 12, 2017

Just Because

I've had a bad cold and sore throat, and now it's an awful cough, so I've just been trying to get over that.  I took garlic tablets, and feeling better.  I'll leave you with a few pictures in this month of November, just because.

There is still lots of color
in nature around here.

It rained for a few days!
My son made Jambalaya
one night.
He likes to cook sometimes,
and wants to make it
for his sisters for Christmas.
I don't see much gold
in the trees this season,
so I love this one.
My neighbor's tree is
soooo pretty.
A big lavender bush at the
rose garden.
I found this mini tree at
Target for the baby's room.
(Jess will show you the nursery soon).
One of Nel's favorite
things to do is
chalkboard drawing.
I'd like to get a BIG
chalkboard for the holidays.
Any ideas where I can find one?
I love you,
well, you know that. ;)